FDA Adding New Warnings to Cholesterol Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will add warnings to the labels of statins, the class of drugs used to help lower cholesterol levels. Studies show that statins may increase blood sugar levels and could also cause memory loss.

Some of the more popular statins are Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor. HealthDay News reports that Lipitor is the world’s best selling prescription medication with sales exceeding $130 billion.

The FDA decided to add the new warnings after research showed some patients using statins were at an increased risk of higher blood sugar levels and eventually being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Statins labels will now also include warnings about cognitive effects after patients have reported memory loss and confusion while using the medication.